Man of the Match: Sinethemba Qeshile
Warriors to win this game
Our Prediction is for Warriors to win this game!
The 14 th game of Momentum One Day Cup 2019 would see table toppers Warriors take on Lions at Buffalo Park, East London.
Lions have had a poor season so and have won only once after five games having seen two of their games get washed away due to rain. In fact the earlier game of the season between the two sides was also washed away. A win in this game would be very important for the Lions as they need to rise up on the points table. Warriors have so far remained undefeated and this would make them confident going into the game.
The last game’s win against the Dolphins has added to the confidence of JJ Smuts’ team. They have had an incredible run so far in the season and would like to continue with the same form and momentum in the next game.
Gihahn Cloete and Matthew Breetzke offered a good start to the side in a rain curtailed game. The two had struggled initially and now the batting looks solid. Lesiba Ngoepe and skipper Smuts are in good form and the likes of Onke Nyaku and Colin Ackermann make the batting line-up appear strong going into this game. It is their bowling that has helped them remain undefeated so far in the season. Sisanda Magala bowled a great spell in the last game towards the end. Andrew Birch, Anrich Nortje and skipper Smuts were also brilliant with the ball in the last game. They would be hoping to carry on this momentum into the next game and win it.
JJ Smuts (c), Andrew Birch, Gihahn Cloete, Colin Ackermann, Lesiba Ngoepe, Sisanda Magala, Lutho Sipamla, Anrich Nortje, Matthew Breetzke, Sinethemba Qeshile (wk), Onke Nyaku.
Andrew Birch, Colin Ackermann, JJ Smuts, SSB Magala, Onke Nyaku, Sinethemba Qeshile, Lutho Sipamla, Marco Marais, Matthew Breetzke, Lesiba Ngoepe, Gihahn Cloete
Temba Bavuma the Lions' skipper would have cherished the last win against the Titans. It came in at the right time when the team was looking completely down and out. The side would look to continue with the same form as they take on a tough opponent in the next game.
Reeza Hendricks and Kagiso Rapulana played brilliantly in the last game but the start of the show was skipper Bavuma who made that brilliant hundred and was well supported by Rassie van der Dussen. Dwaine Pretorius has also been in good for this season and that makes their batting strong. The bowlers took some pounding in the high scoring encounter in the last game. Nandre Burger, Dwaine Pretorius and Aaron Phangiso stood out with their bowling in the last game. The team would expect its opening bowler Bjorn Fortuin to do well in the next game as this will strengthen their attack.
Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Kagiso Rapulana, Nicky van den Bergh (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Dwaine Pretorius, Wiaan Mulder, Nandre Burger, Bjorn Fortuin, Aaron Phangiso, Malusi Siboto.
Nono Pongolo, Aaron Phangiso, Ryan Rickelton, Dominic Hendricks, NJ Van den Bergh, Bjorn Fortuin, Delano Potgieter, Nandre Burger, Kagiso Rapulana, Temba Bavuma, MP Siboto
It is expected to rain in East London on the 1 st of March 2019 and we might have another of those rain curtailed games. With the spell of rain that we have seen in the last few days the pitch is likely to be damp and this might make it a slightly tricky pitch to bat on. A score of 250 plus would be a fighting total on this track.
A relatively small ground Buffalo Park, East London has been a happy hunting ground for the batsmen and the bowlers. Fast bowlers enjoy bowling here thanks to the assistance from the pitch whereas batsmen who like hitting over the top have scored heavily thanks to the shorter boundaries at this ground.
There is rain forecast for this game and hence setting a score here would become slightly tricky. Also the ball is expected to do a bit in the first 10 overs of the game and this means that the batsmen would find it difficult to bat on. The side winning the toss would like to bowl on this wicket.
The next game would be between two sides who are sitting at the opposite ends of the points table. Warriors haven’t lost a single game so far in the season while the Lions have managed to win only a single game so far. If shouldn’t be a tough call for a punter and going by form and momentum Warriors definitely have the edge going into this game.
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